Championship Friday – Leeds United v Derby County

Friday night Championship Football returns, and there’s already been some drama between the clubs before the lineups are even settled.

Leeds United, tops in the league table (though not as high in our current Power Rankings), will welcome Derby County (currently 6th in the league) to Elland Road. Leeds is looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table, while Derby County looks to maintain their spot in the playoffs.

But news has broke over the past few days of a Leeds employee nosing around the Derby County training ground, with motives not yet 100% clear. Derby is still considering whether to file a formal complaint, though rumors persist that the FA is going to investigate regardless. Nevertheless, it’s simply silly that a Leeds employee, even without ulterior motives, was spotted near the grounds so close to this important match.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 21 Slate

Championship Week 21 Fixtures/Results

After matches played on New Year’s Day, the Championship remains a much more competive league than the Premier League. While the top tier of English football has a group of six clubs head and shoulders above the rest of the league, the Championship’s top 13 clubs are within 15 points of each other; Leeds United leads with 51 points and Swansea City and Hull City are tied with 36 points. I would not be terribly shocked if any three of those 13 clubs achieved promotion this season, or if some towards the bottom of that group ended up fighting to avoid relegation.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 21 Power Rankings. Home clubs are listed first, and will be hosting both matches on the week. We’ll keep this updated throughout the week, with winners indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 19 Slate

Championship Week 19 Fixtures/Results

At the conclusion of last week’s slate, we officially reached the half way point of the Championship season. For the most part, the season thus far has gone nearly as well as I predicted before the season, albeit with a couple of huge misses on my part (I thought Ipswich Town would finish in 11th place (oops) and current leader Leeds United to finish right ahead of them (double oops).

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 19 Power Rankings. The clubs all begin second-half action with a full Boxing Day slate, followed by another full day on Saturday. Home clubs are listed first, and will be hosting both matches on the week. We’ll keep this updated throughout the week, with winners indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

The match between the club with the lowest combined rankings will be dubbed our “Match of the Week,” while the match with the highest combined rankings is our “Match of the Weak.”

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Championship Monday – Derby County v Nottingham Forest

The final match of Matchday 22 (Week 17) in the Championship is tonight, with Derby County hosting Nottingham Forest. The clubs are in the midst of a battle for a spot in the promotion playoffs, entering the week in 4th (Derby County) and 7th (Nottingham Forest) position, respectively.

A win by either club tonight will lock them into playoff position as the league enters its midpoint next week. Derby County has been consistently in the top 6 all season, while Forest is a relative newcomer to the top seven on the season. Either way, this match should see some quality football between two relatively equal squads.

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EFL Championship – Week 14 Power Rankings

It’s been nine days since they last played in the Championship, so I’m sure I can speak for all fans of the league and say that I’m glad the international break is over! Play returns this week with action on Friday, but before we get to that, we need to update our Power Rankings from before the break.

If you missed these rankings last week, I hope you found our latest look at the promotion and relegation standings, which we published in lieu of these rankings. As always, the movement in the rankings here (hopefully) only reflects the action in the league.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 10 November 2018

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 12 Slate

The Championship is back to playing one match this week (at least in league play), a week after having two matches caused a lot of chaos to the Power Rankings. There will be four Championship clubs (Derby County, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, and Nottingham Forest) playing midweek matches in the EFL (Carabao) Cup, however, which could impact their performance when they return to league play over the weekend.

As always, we’ll try to keep this updated throughout the matches of the weekend, which begin on Friday night and conclude Sunday afternoon. The number in parentheses before each club represents their ranking in our weekly Power Rankings, and home clubs are listed first. Winning clubs will be in bold, and any match that ends in a draw will see both clubs notated in italics.

Friday, 2 November 2018
7:45pm GMT/3:45pm EST
(16) Aston Villa 2-0 (22) Bolton Wanderers

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